04/19/17 11:28am
Rendering of 66 Ainslie Street via Slate Property Group

Rendering of 66 Ainslie Street via Slate Property Group

Like the American Dream itself, the city of New York continually conjures the vision for broke locals of the carrot on the stick that is affordable housing lotteries: so close you can taste it, yet just out of reach in reality. A new carrot has appeared today on the pending list of lotteries open and soon to open to application, this one in Williamsburg. (more…)

03/02/17 4:09pm
Rendering by Aufgang Architects

Rendering by Aufgang Architects

Plenty of Brooklynites pay $1,247/month or more for the privilege of inhabiting a single room in a multi-bedroom apartment they share with strangers. The lucky winners of the affordable housing lottery for units in Dumbo’s 181 Front St. will pay as much for their own private three-bedroom luxury rental.

The lottery, open to applications as of tomorrow, has 21 newly constructed units available: nine one-bedrooms, eleven two-bedrooms and a single three-bedroom. Households of one to six people respectively making between $32,057 and $64,060 a year per family are eligible. The one-bedrooms rent for $895 a month, the two-bedrooms for $1,082/month and the three-bedroom for $1,247.

In addition to the fact that you’ll be paying the kind of rent money that usually earns you little more than a windowless basement shoebox of an apartment, the building also offers a host of amenities. There’s a gym, a playroom, a 24-hour doorman, roof access, bike storage and (for an additional fee) onsite parking. (more…)

02/13/17 2:46pm
Affordable housing lottery opens Downtown for 143 units with onsite dog grooming

33 Bond Street under construction, photo via Google Maps. Inset rendering via TF Cornerstone

In what marks the fifth affordable housing lottery to open in Brooklyn this year alone, a whopping 143 subsidized units are now accepting applications at Downtown Brooklyn’s glassy residential development 33 Bond St. (alternate address 300 Livingston St.). You’ll be paying on the cheap (rents start at $897/month) while your neighbors splurge big time and both of you get too enjoy the buildings’ ridiculous amenities, including dog grooming, because no luxury housing experience is complete without a professionally cleaned pupper.

The lottery, which opened today, is looking for one- to four-person households making a combined annual income of $32,640 to $54,360, depending on family size. (more…)

02/10/14 1:55pm
This block could be your life.

This block could be your life.

So we’re all in agreement that high rents will be the doom of us all. Still, you don’t have to lie down and take it, you just have to keep your eye out for the few scraps of affordable housing that are thrown to us. Like the four Williamsburg apartments at 59 Orient Avenue for $1000 that are taking applications. Yep, that’s right, Williamsburg living for $1000/month in a 1 or 2-bedroom apartment. Run, don’t walk to your email. (more…)

07/31/13 9:59am
The Shangri-La of Williamsburg. via Brownstoner

The Shangri-La of Williamsburg. via Brownstoner

Saying the phrase “cheap rent in Williamsburg” without falling over laughing or being struck dead by an angry god because you’re lying is rarer than a unicorn. Hey, fine, Williamsburg belongs to the rich and the few holdouts who were born there, we can live with it. But what’s this? Some rent avenger out there is leasing spaces to businesses for as little as $750/month? Looks like it’s time to start a business where we live in the back room. (more…)